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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's personal inferno
« on: February 05, 2014, 11:56:02 AM »

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Personal Inferno

By David Lawrence   / 5 February 2014   / 5 Comments   

There was no question when Bill de Blasio ran for office that his concern for the feelings of minorities (even the criminals) outweighed his desire to protect them or whites from beatings, rapes and murders.

And now, during his first month in office, there has already been a 33 percent spike in murders in New York City.

So far there have been 28 homicides as compared to 21 last year.

Now, what should De Blasio tell those corpses?  I’m sorry that my concern for the discomfort of murderers has sent you underground?  Perhaps De Blasio should have been a Cub Scout leader where all he had to worry about was children getting scratched knees during stick ball.

The man is obviously not capable of making decisions where life and death are concerned.  Just ask the 28 dead or their families.

What would the mothers of the dead say?  Would they say that Bill conspired  in the death of their sons while he made the killer feel that he was too important for a frisk?

crimeHow would Bill feel if his son, Dante, got murdered by someone his hamstrung police didn’t bother to stop and frisk? Would he be proud of his misinterpretation of civil rights and of his naïve allergy towards profiling?  Would he feel good that he is a stupid, large man with no perception and that his dead son is evidence of his errors?

Or would he be socially minded like a communist and say that the death of an individual is not as important as the grand scheme for a society? Would Big Bill find no time for personal grieving because it is not socially motivated?

I think the real Dante Alighieri who wrote The Inferno would save a tenth layer of hell for hypocrites who pretend to do good while they undercut the magic carpet of American society and its dream.

The heat is on in the inferno of weak willed deeds and politicians who appease their base.


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Re: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's personal inferno
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 07:53:48 AM »
DeBlasio has a soft spot in his little commie heart for criminals who can do something for him politically ...
De Blasio’s buddy sprung from jail after mayor calls NYPD
By Jamie Schram, Yoav Gonen and Jeane MacIntosh
February 11, 2014 | 5:07pm
NY Post

A politically connected Brooklyn pastor was arrested for a pair of open warrants — but was spared a night in jail after Mayor de Blasio called an NYPD boss to inquire about his close pal .

Hours later, Bishop Orlando Findlayter was yukking it up with Hizzoner at the head table at a Bed-Stuy breakfast Tuesday with guest speaker Rev. Al Sharpton and 200 other pastors.

Findlayter — the head of Brooklyn’s New Hope Christian Church who was instrumental in delivering the black vote to de Blasio — was pulled over at 11:21 p.m. Monday in East Flatbush for making a left turn without signaling, police said.

Cops ran his license plate and discovered two outstanding warrants, issued Jan. 16, for failure to appear in court for prior arrests at protests. He was hit with the traffic violation and charged with driving without a license.

Findlayter was looking at a night behind bars because the arrests came too late for him to be arraigned.

So his clergy pals reached out to the mayor and the NYPD.

De Blasio admittedly called a top police spokeswoman, Kim Royster.

“The mayor reached out to Deputy Chief Royster to get clarification on word that there had been an arrest of a respected local clergyman,” said de Blasio spokesman Phil Walzak.

Around the same time, the 67th Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lehr — who also knows Findlayter — went down to the station house to personally spring the bishop and tell him to be in court Tuesday.

A police source said Findlayter later appeared before a judge and the warrants were tossed.

Lehr, as commanding officer, was allowed to free Findlayter at his discretion if he believed the bishop didn’t pose a threat, said top NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis.

But Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevelent Association, cried foul.

“If a guy has a warrant, you don’t let him go. Period,” he said. “There is no ‘discretion.’ What if you release him [and] he drives a block, blows a red light and runs somebody over and kills him? As a [police] supervisor, you have a lot to answer for.

“He just confirmed that it really is a ‘tale of two cities,’ ” referring to de Blasio’s campaign mantra.

De Blasio was outspoken against the NYPD cops who were caught up in the Bronx ticket-fixing scandal, but went to bat for constituents when he was on the City Council to get parking tickets and garbage fines tossed or reduced, public records show.

City Hall aides insist the mayor did not ask that Findlayter be kept out of jail, and that the NYPD’s decision to spring the preacher was made before the mayor got involved.

Findlayter, who lives in Nassau County, did not return calls.

He played a key role in de Blasio’s mayoral win, endorsing him on June 12 and rallying the black vote when he was running fourth in the polls.

The bishop performed the invocation at the City Council’s first public meeting Jan. 22.

A woman at his home defended him, shouting, “So what? He didn’t do anything wrong!”

Monday’s arrest wasn’t the bishop’s his first run-in with the court system.

Public records show he has a string of court judgments against him, was foreclosed on by a mortgage lender and also declared bankruptcy.

The "bishop" is at left, mayor at right.
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Re: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's personal inferno
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 08:54:11 AM »
People must not mind, he hasn't been pelted with rotten fruit or eggs.  Things are obviously Jim Dandy.
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Re: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's personal inferno
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 09:56:10 AM »
Critics blast de Blasio over police call to help free political ally
By Yoav Gonen and Bruce Golding/NY Post
February 13, 2014 | 2:13am

Mayor de Blasio’s call to the NYPD about a pal’s arrest is a move that was unheard of in the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations — and was clearly “a wink and a nod” to cops to let him go, sources told The Post.

Separate sources who worked in the two previous mayoral administrations said they couldn’t imagine either Mike Bloomberg or Rudy Giuliani making a call to an NYPD flack to ask about an arrest of a friend, as de Blasio did Monday for pastor Orlando Findlayter, who was busted for driving without a license and had two outstanding arrest warrants.

The politically connected Findlayter — who helped deliver the black vote for de Blasio last year — was spared from spending the night in jail before his arraignment after de Blasio called NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster. NYPD officials insisted the decision to free Findlayter was made by Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lehr, commanding officer of the 67th Precinct, where the scofflaw preacher was booked.

Lehr went to the station house and personally released Findlayter, who is the precinct’s “clergy liaison.”

Even if the administration’s version of events is accurate, de Blasio was pushing the police to act favorably by even making his phone call, a Giuliani source said. “Tell me this doesn’t have a chilling effect [on the NYPD],’’ the source said. “That’s what this was — a wink and a nod.”

De Blasio at a budget press conference Wednesday refused to answer questions about his controversial phone call. But city Comptroller Scott Stringer said de Blasio was asking for trouble in coming to Findlayter’s aid.

“I think the rule is, mayors should not get involved in any way about somebody’s arrest,” Stringer said. “It can only be problematic.”

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox on Wednesday called for an investigation into de Blasio’s “abuse of power.”

“For the mayor of New York City to interfere with law enforcement on behalf of his political allies is ‘telephone justice,’ not American justice,” Cox blasted.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has the authority to open a probe, officials said. A spokesman for Thompson ­declined to comment.

Findlayter was pulled over at 11:21 Monday night in East Flatbush after he made a left turn in his 2012 Lincoln without signaling. Cops ran a check and found that the preacher had an aggravated suspended license for letting his insurance lapse. He also had two arrest warrants for failing to show up in court after an October arrest at an immigration protest.

Two high-ranking law-enforcement officials called Lehr’s decision to release Findlayter “highly unusual.”

“You’re not supposed to do it that way, particularly when someone has two open warrants,’’ said one. “The person has to be brought to court before he can be released.”

And a former law-enforcement official noted, “I am not aware of any authority the precinct commander has to release someone then and there.”

The ex-official added, “This is arguably a criminal violation. There’s obstruction issues, there’s misconduct issues.

“You’d be taking what is a judicial function and shifting it to a sergeant or a lieutenant at a desk, who’d be deciding what a judge would ordinarily decide,” the ­official noted. “This is not a gulag — if you’ve got a warrant, you go through the system.”

Meanwhile, the mayor’s political allies — including Public Advocate Letitia James — ducked questions about the issue Wednesday. Brooklyn Councilman and Findlayter pal Jumaane Williams said community leaders deserve special treatment.

“To say that someone shouldn’t call or inquire about an incident is weird,” he said.

“The fact that people call when community leaders are arrested [is] something that occurs — whether it’s the mayor, a council member or another community leader,” he said.

Manhattan Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez also chimed in, noting, “I believe that if someone was arrested and there was no reason why that should have happened, I think that anyone who can make a call should do it.”
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Re: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's personal inferno
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2014, 08:18:43 AM »
Michael Goodwin, NY Post suggests:

The ‘Blas’ pass: That’s the ticket!

Mayor de Blasio defended his call to the police about a supporter who was arrested as “absolutely appropriate” and says “that’s the end of the story.”

Maybe, maybe not. Some stories have legs from the start, and others grow them later. We can’t know yet whether this story is finished or just the first example of corrupt cronyism.

Much depends on whether the mayor intervenes again in police procedures. With 35,000 cops working around the clock, the odds are high that other mayoral pals will get busted. And after this case, anybody facing charges who ever met de Blasio would be crazy not to beg for special help.

Thus, I offer a modest proposal. It would be far simpler if de Blasio drew up a list of people who, by virtue of their support for him, earned a get-out-of-jail free card.

This “Friends of Mayor Bill” list should be posted in every station house and squad car for handy reference. Detectives should carry a copy at all times and commanders would be required to memorize it.

Each name should include an identifying fact to prevent fraud, such as campaign contributions made or number of voters registered. Those arrested who demand mayoral help could be given a quiz on progressive values, to make sure no infidels slip through.

The idea involves some effort, but consider the alternative. The mayor said it was near midnight when he got the first call on Bishop Orlando Findlayter’s arrest and it was after that when the precinct commander drove from his Queens home to Brooklyn to let the pastor walk.

If that becomes a habit, nobody in City Hall will get any sleep and cops will be wasting time enforcing the law on those above it. Better to make a list and stop pretending justice is blind.
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Re: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's personal inferno
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2014, 12:55:41 PM »
Great read.  I like Goodwin a lot.
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Re: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's personal inferno
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2014, 08:32:37 AM »
He's been in office less than two months and already proving to be utterly corrupt. Buckle your seatbelts, NYC, it's going to be a bumpy "reign."
Bratton was kept in dark the night de Blasio’s buddy was sprung
By Jamie Schram/NY Post
February 18, 2014 | 4:47am

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was kept in the dark when Mayor de Blasio made a late-night call to an NYPD honcho on behalf of a political ally who’d been busted, sources told The Post.

It was seven hours before the top cop was briefed by an aide about the mayor’s call to Deputy Chief Kim Royster to inquire about de Blasio’s pal, Bishop Orlando Findlayter, the sources said.

Hizzoner had phoned Royster — the second in command in the Office of Public Information — at about midnight last Tuesday; Bratton wasn’t notified until 6:30 a.m., sources said.

De Blasio had initially heard about Findlayter’s brush with the law from the pastor’s clergy pals. Findlayter had been pulled over in East Flatbush for a traffic violation and arrested for failing to appear in court for prior busts.

The bishop, who was instrumental in delivering the black vote to De Blasio, was facing a night in jail because the arraignment court had closed for the night. He was  freed after the precinct commander issued him a desk-appearance ticket.

Royster had called the 67th Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lehr, who personally went down to the station house and sprang Findlayter.
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Re: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's personal inferno
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2014, 09:40:05 AM »
When people find their medium, they express it.  KFC does chicken.  DNC does corruption.
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